Yoga Anatomy Paperback – Jun 20 2007
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""This is an essential book for any serious student of yoga who delights in the details of asana."" "Yoga Journal" - October 2007 ""For a long time it was difficult to get anatomy books that were specifically designed for Yoga teachers. Anatomical textbooks were useful but did not help with questions directly related to Yoga. After 2003, however, a row of books were published that addressed Yoga anatomy....Then, in the spring of this year, L. Kaminoff's "Yoga Anatomy "was published. Like other books it is very helpful because it shows the use of specific muscles in certain poses. Unlike other books it also addresses questions of joint action, muscles working and lengthening, obstacles, breathing and variations. For a slim (and not very expensive) book the author has been able to compress a lot of information into a concise, clear and instructive format. I have found "Yoga Anatomy "to be a very helpful resource book, and I rarely prepare a class without consulting it."" Oda Lindner -- a YAA certified Yoga teacher November 2007 edition of "Bridge," (the publication of the Yoga Association of Alberta, Canada) "Plenty of books outline the fundamentals of yoga, but how many provide an illustrated anatomical guide to postures, movements and breathing techniques which blends anatomy with yoga moves? "Yoga Anatomy" offers a visual approach that allows learners to see how all the muscles interact during various poses. Chapters survey joint actions, poses, and how yoga helps various conditions. Any library strong in yoga or new age will find this anatomical approach specific and invaluable." Diane C. Donovan"California Bookwatch" 5-Star Review onAmazon.com"Interesting Reading on a Difficult Subject, January 3, 2008"Yoga Anatomy ("is the best book I have purchased on the subject. I have been practicing Yoga for about 33 years and teaching some classes during the 33 years. The illustrations are clear, concise and to the point for the asanas demonstrated. The book is well written and interesting. I recommend it to all Yoga Teachers and serious Yogis. I am registered to teach certification, if I pursue this," Yoga Anatomy "by Leslie Kaminoff will be one of the text books used in my class. Thank you for such a wonderful book on "Yoga Anatomy.
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The book is prefaced by two chapters, one on the dynamics of breathing and one on yoga and the spine. Both the breath and the spine are seen as being central to each pose and thus receive some special attention. The chapter on breathing is one of the clearest I have ever come across. It addresses aspects of the diaphragm and the shape change of both chest and the abdominal cavities during the breathing process. The chapter on the spine contains some very useful and precise information on spinal disks and ligaments and relates flexion and extension of the spine to the breath. In addition it introduces the useful distinction between primary and secondary curves. The use of illustrations in this and the other chapters is superb.
The remainder of the book depicts more than sixty poses which are organized into chapters on standing, sitting, kneeling, supine, prone and arm support poses.Read more ›
Chapter 1 covers the dynamics of breathing and actually covers some breathing physiology as well. Chapter 2 talks about the spine and gives some pretty detailed spinal information. Chapter 3 is short and covers the asanas.
The rest of the book, Chapters 4 through 9, make up the "meat" of the book and contains most of the anatomy information most readers probably bought the book for- what muscles are used in what poses. The way the book gives you the information is quite handy- it has a section on standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, on-your-stomach poses, on-your-back poses, and arm supported poses. Sooo, all you have to do is pick a position/pose, and there you'll find pictures of what muscles are involved (and let me say, they show you some great angles of the poses to make sure the reader can see ALL the muscles that are involved). In addition to learing what muscles are involved, the book also tells you what joint actions are involved, as well as what body parts are working AND which ones are lengthening- neat!
A great reference book, its simply perfect for the yoga enthusiast that has become acquainted over time with muscles they never knew they had- but will now after reading this book! Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if plantar fasciitis pain keeps you from doing your yoga.
Yoga Anatomy has full coloured pictures of the body for a wide variety of movements: breathing, standing poses, sitting poses, kneeling poses, supine poses, prone poses, and arm support poses. These pictures show which muscles are in use during a particular motion. Extra information is then included about which joints are involved and which muscles are lengthening and working during the process. Each entry also notes proper breathing as well as information on any challenges associated with the pose.
In this way, there is no guess work involved. I know exactly what each posture is meant to do, which muscles I'll be working, and how to prevent injuries. I can then take full responsibility for my health and fitness.
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Great book. I would never have thought that there would be a yoga book in this detail of its anatomy. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2009 by Andrew
This is a great book to add to your collection if you're looking for some great stretching poses for your clients. Read morePublished on June 2 2009 by Jemma Kim Bradley